Dr Pia Leete Pia was raised in Africa and via a circuitous route involving a variety of careers, raising two daughters and living in 3 countries, started university in Plymouth at the age  of 38.  She gained a First in Human Bioscience and was awarded the Prize for Biology 2011.  Subsequently, she secured a funded PhD within Prof Noel Morgan’s group.  Pia's PhD focused primarily on the immunopathological processes occurring within the islets of patients with T1D and she is now extending this research as a post-doc within the group.


Q. What does a “day in the life of” look like for you?

A. I rise early to walk/run the dog, and get my daughter off to school; then I drive to the outskirts of Exeter, and cycle into work where I spend much of my day running between the lab, the imaging suite and my computer.  

I love that I am always busy and that I work in such an interactive, supportive and innovative team; there is always someone to bounce ideas off or stimulate my thinking! At the end of the day - I get to go home and spend the evening with my lovely family!


Q. What made you want to work in your current job?

A. I had the great fortune of having some of my ideas pan out whilst doing my PhD, thus staying in my current job is allowing me to pursue, develop and expand these ideas.  Additionally, I am also expanding my skills in complex microscopy and image analysis.  I am also fortunate to be able to work alongside students (both PhD and undergraduate) who always manage to upgrade my understanding of the way the world works.

Q. When you’re not working, what do you like to do for fun?

A. I have a lovely family who enjoy the outdoors, so we spend much of our summer time kayaking, climbing or camping.  I also have a dog that needs walking, so come rain or shine I still get out on Dartmoor or the Coastal paths daily!  But if its been particularly blowy and wet we all love nothing more than watching a movie, or reading, by the fire!